November 22, 2016
Check out this view and this cool tree. It resembles a pine, but the leaves run upwards.
Chiseled pictures of a man and a woman are featured at this tourist area, I was not privy to the symbolism or even if there was any.
This tree had unusual leaves? buds? I'm not sure what you would call them.
While I waited for the family to shop, I enjoyed the lush surroundings.
After our mountain top adventure, George drove us on to our desired destination of Blackbeard's castle. Below is George and Diane. We all really enjoyed George, he was a great guide and a SAFE driver. Thanks George!!!
After our introduction to Blackbead we were offered the use of the property pools and bar area before we could take a walk to towards the historic buildings found included in the tour. (below is the inside of the tower.)
The stones were shipped in from Denmark and legend has it that Blackbeard ascended such steps to take over the tower. Lovely area gardens line the pathways between the steps. It represented a beautiful lifestyle of the day.
There was also some interesting pieces of art work. This one was actually kind of creepy.
Next on our tour was the Haagensen House and Hotel.
Here is one of me trying to give a Pirate face! Don't mess with this gal. Wonder what my pirate nick name would be?
Thinking the phone takes better shots.
Above camera, you can barely make out the images facial features...Below my phone
Here's a up close of the face via phone.
This Pirate is missing both a hand and a leg. Could this be Long John Silver? I don't recall him having a hook for a hand, perhaps he is a fictional blend of both Treasure Islands gold seeking Pirate and fictional croc fearing Captain Hook.
These last three are all with my Nikon.
this is the waterfall taken outside of the rum bar with my phone.
It was at that point that I decided my camera needed to stay back in the cabin the rest of the trip. It really is disappointing that a machine that has been made just to take pictures takes worse pictures then a phone. Not that the phone pictures were all that amazing....just better then the camera. Kind of CRAZY hun?
The rum bar was the last stop before we found our way to the market place and many shops. It began raining much harder at that point, and both the boys as well as my mother in law were ready to call the Island quits. I found a shop that sold Alex and Ani bracelets and added to my collection before we found a cab to take us back to the port area.
another random chicken walking about the area. This one had her babies on a stroll.
I could have stayed and shopped and I might even have made it walking back to the ship, but the rain and the idea of a long walk back had my family soured. Look at the boys face vs mine.
I got a close up of the Pirate ship we had seen earlier from way up top....as we drove back to the port.
Once back at the port, and it was actually quite a long ride. I may not have been too happy walking all the way back now that I knew just how long it took. However...I was not quite ready to end my time in St. Thomas, so Mark, Diane and I did a little more sight seeing and the boys headed back to the ship.
I didn't get the reference when I first saw this miniature reproduction of Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid until later. Duh!!! These Islands were first owned by the Dutch and many of the items that came to the island were from the Denmark including the stones that made the 99 steps. So here she is.... not in the bay of Copenhagen but inland St. Thomas.